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Congratulations to Alliance staffer, Kim Harris, for this outstanding photo taken last fall at Two Mile Run County Park.  Kim won first place in the landscape category in the PA Environmental Council's 2010 photo contest.  As Kim stated in the description of her photo, "This photograph shows the beauty and what a gem the residents of the Oil Region have

in their backyards."  

Allegheny GeoTrail

Celebrates Three Years

article and photo by Mike Henderson, Project Manager


   In celebration of three years of the Allegheny GeoTrail, an official "geomeet" was held on Saturday, September 25, at Oil Creek State Park. Thanks to the coordination of Bruce Pratt and the Oil Region Cachers geocaching club, about 100

AGT event 9-2010

Randy Seitz, Alliance President and

Chief Operating Officer,

speaks to the "geomeet" crowd

geocachers were in attendance, some having traveled for five hours. There were temporary geocaches set up for participants to try to find, as well as an entire series of special "kids" geocaches for the younger participants. Everyone brought a food dish and shared it with the other attendees. Many door prizes were donated, including some official AGT shirts, hats, and other Oil Region items, donated by the Alliance. 

   Randy Seitz addressed the crowd during the door prize drawings, sharing some statistics on the success of the program and its impact on local economies. Many of the geocachers in attendance were amazed to hear the impact they've had, while others shared their own stories of interaction with business owners throughout the ten counties of the geotrail, including a conversation with one sub shop owner who said he would have lost his business, had it not been for the new influx of geocachers supporting his shop. Attendees were also very pleased to hear that the Alliance intends to continue support of the Allegheny GeoTrail throughout 2011, since the world's largest event, GeoWoodstock IX, will be bringing thousands of people into the area next July 2.

Enhancements Made to

Longtime Overlook

Memorial/Honorarium Benches Offered

article and photos by Kim Harris, Project Manager


   Murray's Scenic View on Grandview Road, on the boundaries of Oil City and Cornplanter Township, underwent a facelift in September that

provides additional amenities to accommodate visitors to the site. Enhancements include easier access, an enlarged parking area, a compacted crushed limestone walkway,

Murray's Scenic Viewe photo 2 10-2010

Workers from

Joseph Vaccarello Jr., Inc. plant shrubs and plants at the Overlook. 

benches, litter receptacles, a split-rail fence, interpretive signage and beautiful landscaping.

   The site has been around for as long as most residents can remember, once known, as "Stewart's Lookout."  The name changed to "Murray's Scenic View" in the early 1980s when Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Murray purchased the property.

   Mrs. Ruth Murray and her family very graciously agreed to provide a twenty-five year easement to the Alliance to make enhancements for the use and enjoyment of the public.    The Alliance

Murray's scenic view 10-2010

New fencing provides a safety buffer

for visitors at the site.

secured nearly $120,000 in grant funds for the design and construction , including $ 22,000 from a PA DCNR Community Conservation Partnership grant, $93,000 Federal Transportation Enhancement funding via the PA Department of Transportation, and a Pa Heritage Area Program grant for $4,848.

   J.T. Sauer & Associates, LLC, of Pittsburgh performed initial design.  Oil City's Engineer, Christina Sporer, was Project Engineer of Record.  The firm of Joseph Vaccarello Jr., Inc. of Carnegie, PA, was contracted with for construction services; and Johnson, Mirmiram & Thompson provided independent inspection services.

   A few adjustments had to be made to the original design due to funding, such as postponing a gazebo.  The Alliance is seeking funds to construct the gazebo in 2011.

   In addition, the five benches included in the plans are being offered as memorial/honorarium benches at a cost of $800 each.   A plaque with an individualized inscription will be installed on each sponsored bench.

  People wanting more information or wishing to contribute toward the completion of  the gazebo are encouraged to contact Kim Harris at 814-677-3152, or

Friends of Drake Well Recognize Dr. William Brice

 article and photo by Marilyn Black-VP, Heritage Development


   During their annual membership meeting, the Friends of Drake Well recognized Dr. William Brice of Johnstown, PA, as this year's recipient of the prestigious John A. Mather award.    

   As shown in the photo, the award includes a framed certificate including a picture of Mr
From Left, Drake Well Museum and Park Administrator Barbara Zolli, Dr. Brice, Kathy Flaherty, Vice-President of the Friends of Drake Well and Editor of The Oilfield Journal, and Grant Carner, President of the Friends of Drake Well.
. Mather and a metal commemorative plate featuring Drake Well.  

   In her presentation remarks, Kathy Flaherty (who was the recipient of this award in 2009) described the criteria as "The recipient may be any person or organization having made a substantial contribution toward the understanding of the development of the petroleum industry, its origins, nature, and global impact, through field or archival research, or the presentation of such material through publication or presentation," as well as "undertaking of fresh and innovative aspects of Friends of Drake Well's mission in preserving and promulgating oil history." 

   Mrs. Flaherty described Dr. Brice as having spent years on careful research involving many miles along the way and resulting in a pivotal work, the Edwin Drake biography.  Dr. Brice also is involved in the annual Petroleum History Institute Symposium and edits Oil-Industry History which is an annual professional journal reporting on the Symposium proceedings and other essays. 

   In his acceptance remarks, Dr. Brice credited the late Samuel Pees with having whetted his appetite for the history of the early oil industry.  A charter member of the Friends of Drake Well, the award recipient expressed gratitude to all associated with Drake Well Museum who have assisted not only during the research for this book but also for ongoing research and communications on matters of oil history.  He also lovingly thanked his best research helper, Mrs. Heather Brice.  The book, Myth, Legend, Reality; Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry was published by the Oil Region Alliance in December of 2009, and his research for the project was funded in part by a grant from that same group.  The book is available at





Tarbell House to Get

Complete Exterior Makeover

by Mike Henderson, Project Manager


    Just in time for the fall colors to come out, the Tarbell House will be getting a complete exterior treatment in its own colors. The Wooden Window Workshops were a huge success and resulted in the first-Tarbell House 2010floor windows getting repaired and repainted. The windows now open and close as intended! Here you can see some of the colors coming together on the window sashes and framing. 

    On August 25, an Invitation for Bids was issued to complete the exterior painting, which will include base and trim colors. Four bids were received, and Vince's Painting & Wallcoverings was awarded the job, which is expected to be completed by the end of October. Partial funding for the project is being provided through a grant from the Dr. and Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust; however, more private funding is being sought. Please contact Project Manager Mike Henderson for more details on how you can help. He can be reached at 814-677-3152, ext. 121, or at

The Alliance Thanks These New and Renewal Members 
 by Darlene Eaton, Membership Coordinator    
   It's Easy to Join!
Call Darlene at 814-677-3152 extension 117
or go to  

Paul Adomites, individual.
Joan Hanson, individual.
Old Emlenton Mill Foundation  724-313-6455, Historic 1875 gristmill hosting the Emlenton Creamery, Bunkhouse Hostel, Old Mill Antiques, and small museum.
Venango Catholic Preparatory Schools, 677-3098, Catholic K-12 preparatory schools building the foundation of lifelong achievement through faith, learning, and action.
Walnut Grove Farms,  671-0787, Raise alpaca for breeding and fiber. The shop carries ready-to-spin fiber and finished products.

Caboose Motel,827-5730, Comfortable, unique lodging facility; cabooses with all amentities as in traditional  lodging facilities.
Collins Plumbing & Heating, Inc., 677-0216, Tending to your plumbing and heating needs.
Comfort Inn, Barkeyville, 786-7901, Hotel along I-80, exit 29.
Cranberry Township, 676-8812, A growing municipality in Venango County.
Edward Jones Investments, 4 offices: Oil City-676-1151, Seneca-677-4880, Franklin-432-0957 and 432-8578.  Investment services.
First Energy, 676-7549, Diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with seven electric utility operating companies.
Moody & Associates, 800-836-5040, Ground water / Environmental consulting and contracting services.
Oilwell Sentry, 677-3581, Manufacture "Pump Off" controls for oil wells.
Dr. Robert Pilewski (individual).
Darlene Eaton, Membership Coordinator
814-677-3152 extension 117 
Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism  
217 Elm Street, Oil City, PA  16301

October 2010

Volume 6, Issue 10


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In This Issue
Allegheny GeoTrail Celebrates Three Years
Enhancements Made to Longtime Overlook
Friends of Drake Well Recognize Dr. William Brice
Tarbell House to Get Complete Exterior Makeover
Thank You, New and Renewal Members
$how Me the Money IV" Scheduled
"Leaf" Your Cares Behind
Do you have Suggestions or New Ideas?
Alliance Board of Directors


"$how Me the Money IV" Scheduled

by Toni Kresinski, Events Manager


Mark your calendar!  The 2010 Alliance FUNdraiser, "$how Me the Money, IV" will be held on Saturday, November 6, at the Riverfront Ballroom on the fifth floor of the Arlington Hotel in Oil City.  (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.). Tickets are just $35 each and entitle the bearer to a delicious buffet dinner, beer, and soft drinks all evening, PLUS a chance to WIN  CASH PRIZE OF $1,000.  Some very nice prizes will be raffled or auctioned.  Small games of chance will be played.  You must be present to win and be 21 or older to attend. 

 Sponsors are needed for this fun-filled evening and also prizes that may be auctioned or raffled.   All proceeds will benefit the Alliance's 2010 Program of Work. 

 To purchase tickets, sponsor this event, donate a prize, or volunteer to help at the FUNdraiser,  call Toni Kresinski, Events Manager at (814) 677-3152, ext. 110.  

"Leaf" Your Cares Behind

by Betty Squire, VP-Tourism, Marketing, Membership

   Cooler temperatures, combined with the much needed rain, have made it truly seem like autumn.  The mountains are already exploding in color in the northwest region, and Venango and Crawford Counties  should be seeing the splendor of full color the week of October 10-17, according to reports by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-Bureau of Forestry.   

  Almost everywhere you look in northwest Pennsylvania you can see the colors of fall, like paints on a palette.  The maples, both sugar and red, are among the most colorful species, but aspen, hickory, and birch add to the overall color of the landscape with their warm yellows. Additional splashes of color come from understory species, especially the sumac. 

  This is the perfect time of year to take a hike along the many trails found in the Region.  With cool temperatures, crisp air, and Technicolor forests, take the family for a ride along the bike trails, or just walk through Oil Creek State Park and listen to the crunch of newly-fallen leaves.    

Geocaching is a family-time hobby of Dustin, Shauna, and Steve Graham.  (photo by Darl Black).

    Visit the downtown fall foliage events; buy a pumpkin, some local apples, or some Pennsylvania cider,

  This is also a great time to find the entire extended family and go geocaching utilizing the Allegheny GeoTrail (AGT) throughout Venango and Crawford Counties.  Check out the geocaches that can be found in Oil Creek State Park and Kennerdell Tract, Clear Creek State Forest.

   Just 'leaf your troubles behind and fall into a great vacation in the Oil Heritage Region. 


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